Category: ARTS & LEISURE

Review: Grandon’s song “Thoughts and Prayers” depicts a chilling message on mass shootings

Review: Grandon’s song “Thoughts and Prayers” depicts a chilling message on mass shootings

When alternative musician and rapper Jordan Benjamin, known as Grandson, heard of the tragedy that struck Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018, he knew there would be a great change made by the students of the community. Inspired by the students’ courage and determined to call out the faults of politicians, Grandson wrote “Thoughts and Prayers.” Performing the song in collaboration […]

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Taylor Swift begins “Reputation” tour

Taylor Swift begins “Reputation” tour

*Co-written by Dara Rosen and Taylor Yon From May 8 to Nov. 9, Taylor Swift is conducting a worldwide stadium tour for her latest album, “Reputation.” The tour will consist of 51 total shows, ranging from North America to Europe and New Zealand. Swift is a 10-time grammy award winning artist who has made six studio albums with “Reputation” being […]

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Rapper Kanye West perfroms on stage. Courtesy of Pieter-Jannick Dijkstra

Tweet by rapper Kanye West causes controversy

After disappearing from social media for a year, rapper Kanye West finally tweeted and announced a new album. At first, the social media community welcomed him back with excitement and open arms. West stated that a solo album would be coming soon and that he would be dropping a second album after that with rapper Kid Cudi. He then continues […]

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Frances McDormand attends the "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" Costume Institute Gala 2018 on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, N.Y. (Laura Thompson/New York Daily News/TNS)

The Met Gala: who stood out and who fell flat

With unique fashion styles becoming more prominent as 2018 continues, this years Met Gala on May 7 was no exception. Formerly called the Costume Institute Gala, celebrities gather together for the annual event to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. This year’s theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Many […]

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Review: “Avengers: Infinity War” leaves fans speechless

Review: “Avengers: Infinity War” leaves fans speechless

10 years, 18 movies, all lead up to one major cinematic event, “Avengers: Infinity War.” Released nationwide on April 27, the latest Marvel movie has taken fans by storm. It is a movie that has been anticipated for four years and has made many fans crazed, freaking out before seeing the film. Months of theories and waiting led up to […]

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Review: Carmela Coffee is the place-to-be for coffee lovers

Coffee shops have always been a hot spot for romantic meetups, study dates, suburban mother gatherings and more. Be it in movies, TV or books, the quintessential local cafe is a staple to every town. Now, Parkland finally gets its own shop with Carmela Coffee House located on North University Drive. Located in a rather discrete plaza, the destination is […]

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Review: J. Cole drops a highly anticipated album on substance abuse

After his fans went crazy over a tweet where he announced an album would be dropping on April 20, J.Cole released the name of his new prodigy: K.O.D. This rap album introduces the harsh reality of  kids becoming so easily addicted to drugs. Cole, representing Fayetteville, North Carolina, started off in his career by signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation in […]

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MSD World history teacher Diane Wolk-Rogers addresses “Never Again” movement on Ted Talk

MSD World history teacher Diane Wolk-Rogers addresses “Never Again” movement on Ted Talk

On April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, Advanced Placement World History teacher Diane Wolk-Rogers showed her students and the world her TED Talk that was filmed just the week before. Covering the topics of the Never Again Movement and the Second Amendment, Wolk-Rogers’ main intentions for this talk were to make her students proud and and inspire […]

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Echosmith's new album, "Inside a Dream," will be released in the summer of 2018. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.

Review: Echosmith Release Mesmerizing Single “Over My Head”

The southern California-based trio “Echosmith” returned with their new song “Over My Head” on March 16. The lead single of their unreleased sophomore album ,”Inside a Dream,” is an easygoing, dreamy pop song that tells the story of a person’s frustration with their significant other complicating everything, from relationship issues to miniscule problems. Currently made up of siblings Sydney, Graham […]

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Drama students rehearse for the one-day performance of "Yo, Vikings!" Photo by Rebecca Schneid.

Drama Club performs “Yo, Vikings!”

On April 13, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s drama program performed “Yo Vikings!” The musical is an adaptation of a book by Judith Schachner and is appropriate for viewers of all ages. The show has major themes of self-acceptance and acceptance of others. The performance was a one-night only show, but it still garnered a large audience. “Yo Vikings!” is […]

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